. The building which had not been remodeled since 1965 was completely rebuild, refurnished and equipped. This project worth more than $315,000 was sponsored by Mr. Duke Petrovich from Chicago who donated more than $210,000 in honor of his late father who was from Ivanjica. The new hospital will completely change the face of health care for people and medical staff in Ivanjica!
We are happy to report that the work on the Ivanjica “Stacionar” was completed last week!
After being completely “gutted out”, the entire inside of the building two floors were rebuild wall to wall, floor to ceiling. The reconstruction included the installation of a new heating and electrical systems, new bathrooms, installation of hot water in each patient’s room, new hospital beds and new furniture, etc.
Considering the size and the complexity of this project, it is unbelievable that it was all completed in just about three months. For the pleasure of Ivanjica’s people and medical staff, the building is now fully operational.
We are thankful to all the people who have participated in the realization of this project: GZR POP construction crew, VR Inženjering who oversaw the project, all the suppliers who promptly delivered all that was needed (BSP Pančevo for medical furniture, Matis for office furniture, Tekig for bedding, Medipro MP for EKGs and aspirators), and above all the doctors, nurses, and all the staff at HC Ivanjica led with Dr. Nikola Karapetrović who managed and supported this effort with minimal impact to patients.
At the fundraiser event at restaurant Topaz, a restaurant owed by Branko Palikuca, the heads of the Serbian-American Medical Association in Washington, D.C., Dr. Ivan Aksentijevich and Zoran Mladenovic showed attendees the results of some of the ir organization’s prior accomplishments. They presented SAMA’s upcoming project to rebuild the hospital in Ivanjica.
During the evening a total of $185,000 was raised. The biggest donor was Dusan Duke Petrovich, president of the famous Rigley company, who donated more than $100,000 (he later donated an additional $110,000). One of the reasons for Duke’s interest in Ivanjica was that he can trace his family presence in that town for more than 300 years.